Medium-plus golden colour. The nose is slightly tropical, and certainly ripe. In the mouth there is a roundness of shape and okay acidity – the mid-palate flavour has a good extra dimension that goes long in the finish. Just missing a little energy, but smuch better than I expected!
Medium-pale lemon yellow. Drunk after the villages Encegnieres the nose on this is much more subdued, dense and creamy. The palate is instantly more explosive, higher concentration and length. This is very primary and linear and I expect it will need at least 5 years to really start singing. A super wine.
Medium-pale lemon yellow, perhaps a hint of green too. Open, a little sexy, brioche – quite savoury. The palate has good texture, obviously not the concentration of the 1er crus, but good mid-palate im pact and lingering acidity. This is a very tatsy package that was drunk much faster than intended!
Medium red, just about holding onto a cherry colour. The nose is of powdery round red fruit – a little soft but with some depth and just the last traces of toasty oak. In the mouth this shows a little fat and a nice creamily long finish. The tannins are very subdued and the acidity is nicely balancing for the ripe fruit. Nice wine.
Medium, medium-minus colour. The nose is sweetly interesting, backed by a faint cedar note – gives the impression of a denser wine than reality, eventually a high toned alcoholic note develops. The palate has lovely fruit and slightly astringent tannin, but the acidity is rather tart. These negative aspects rather obscure a nice level of fat. I found this improving with aeration before slipping back as before.
Medium-pale lemon yellow. The nose is wide and fresh, just a little faint cream behind fruit that’s redolent of fresh-cut pears. Good texture and penetrating acidity that pushes the intense finish long. There’s a strong impression of savoury – though not toasty – oak as you enter the mid-palate. The oak just takes away a little of the fresh vivacity found in today’s tastiest 2004’s but this is still a very good wine that gets even better with aeration.